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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Texas on
Q: I am going to try and reduce my child support due to my income being $60,000 less. I am in Spring, TX, Harris County.

I also pay for my older daughter’s college tuition. Can I use this for consideration to reduce it more?

Penny Wymyczak-White
Penny Wymyczak-White answered on May 16, 2022

You can't use paying college as a way to reduce child support. Child support is based on your income

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Q: I got a citation served to me from the attorney general that says I need to submit a written answer how do I do that?

It says I have been sued and have 20 days to respond

Penny Wymyczak-White
Penny Wymyczak-White answered on May 6, 2022

Retain a lawyer . If you do not file a answer they can take a default.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on
Q: My son's mother (the custodial parent) has been arrested for murder, I now have my son. What happens to my arrears?

She was arrested and indicted for murder and a few other charges. I now have my son. What happens to my child support arrears?

Penny Wymyczak-White
Penny Wymyczak-White answered on May 3, 2022

If your ex is on bond one way to handle the arrears would be she does not pay you child support until. She gets credit for your arrears. If the arrears us owed for Medicaid you still will have to pay that portion

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Texas on
Q: My children's father was ordered to pay child support for our two children in Texas 1998 and he never paid anything

Is he legally obligated to pay back payments

Penny Wymyczak-White
Penny Wymyczak-White answered on Apr 19, 2022

Contact the Attorney General and they may be able to get a wage withholding . You can't file a Motion to Enforce but there are ways to try to get the back child support

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Texas on
Q: Can one party of teen parents decide what last name my child has?

My girlfriends father doesn’t want my child to have my last name and doesn’t want me to be on the birth certificate can he decide that?

Penny Wymyczak-White
Penny Wymyczak-White answered on Apr 14, 2022

The judge will decide if there is a dispute. The child usually have the dad's last name

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Texas on
Q: The father of my child doesn't want to be added to the birth certificate despite the court order requirement.

What should I do? And what would happen if I don't follow through?

Penny Wymyczak-White
Penny Wymyczak-White answered on Apr 11, 2022

You don't need his permission if you have a court order. Put him on the birth certificate .

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Texas on
Q: My son is 15 and what's to go live in Kansas with my aunt and uncle. I'm ok with it but the father that dose not pay

What can I do to get him ok to go. Dad has not paid child support in two years.

Penny Wymyczak-White
Penny Wymyczak-White answered on Mar 29, 2022

If there is a court order unless you get the fathers permission you cant let your son move, If the father is not seeing your son that may be a different story, If he is not paying child support but seeing your son file a Motion for contempt.

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Foreclosure and Child Support for Texas on
Q: I had a property lien on my home unjust but the attorney general, even after the back pay was discontinued (no arrears)

They refused to remove the lien . The AG over charged me for child support, financially crippling me , I had to get property tax loans , this went on for 10 years .. My way out was to refinance my house , but because of this fraudulent lien I was unable to refinance.. I’ve gotten the run around... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Mar 21, 2022

What is your question?

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Libel & Slander for Texas on
Q: My youngest daughter's paternal grandparents basically kidnapped her, bribed me into signing rule 11, nothing finalized

I have been bullied into this arrangement and I'm still actively custodial parent. They had money for an attorney and the father signed a waiver.

Penny Wymyczak-White
Penny Wymyczak-White answered on Mar 16, 2022

Retain a lawyer. You may be able to revoke the Rule 11 agreement,

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Divorce for Texas on
Q: My ex filed for divorce but it is not legally done. I’ve been paying child support for my son, but now she is refusing

To let me see him. What immediate recourse do I have to see him until this is final? She states that until I agree to all her financial terms I will not see my son.

Penny Wymyczak-White
Penny Wymyczak-White answered on Mar 16, 2022

Retain a lawyer and get a temporary order in place,

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on
Q: I need advice on divorce and ensuring joint custody of my kids. Infidelity 4 months after we married, abandoned to follo

Wife took promotion 2 hours away, we got her an apartment to stay in durig the week. Has been cheating with coworker from here that moved to the same location previously. So basically she followed him. Once I found out, she left me in a new rent house, with our 2 kids, plus my stepson., but would... Read more »

Penny Wymyczak-White
Penny Wymyczak-White answered on Mar 12, 2022

Your wife has had the kids for 5 months and before you file for divorce you need to get back where she lives and get your kids fifty percent of the time. I would not fight over money right now, . You did not state how old the kids are, If they ar 12 or older they can talk to the judge about where... Read more »

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Q: How do I get a final order finalized if the attorney withdrew from the case? It’s been 2 yrs since we went to court.

AG is telling me come April the child support will end even though my daughter is only 12, because they only have a temp order in file. It seems my ex attorney didn’t finalize the final order after we went to court due to a past due invoice. What are my options to get them finalized?

Sharita Blacknall
Sharita Blacknall answered on Mar 5, 2022

Hire a lawyer to assess where the case is procedurally, determine next steps for finalization and get a signed final order.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on
Q: A 14yr old left alone to parent his 12yr old and 4yr old autistic brother while his physical custodial parent leaves

Them unattended. Recently the 12 year old has been complaining about his mother leaving them alone and making the 14 year old cook and clean for them, alongside taking care of their 6or 7 dogs in their 3 bedroom apartment. She shares a custody agreement with the father who has the 1.3,5 weekends... Read more »

Rafee'a S. Majeed
Rafee'a S. Majeed answered on Feb 24, 2022

If Father is in a position to take over custody of his children, he should file a Petition to Modify the Parent-Child Relationship in the county that the original court order was issued. This situation certainly sounds like there are circumstances that would significantly impair the physical and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on
Q: TX law. If custody papers say I am not requesting child support from father can I request child support later on?

Custody papers say that I didn’t request child support from the father. Can I later request child support? If so what would have to be done. Thank you

Rafee'a S. Majeed
Rafee'a S. Majeed answered on Feb 15, 2022

Texas law allows you to request a modification of a parent's child support obligation if there has been a "material and substantial change" in the circumstances of either parent or the child since the current order was entered OR 1) three years have passed since the original ordered... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Texas on
Q: can my ex and texas court determine custody of my children without inviting me to attend? Cause they did!!

said I was served and wasnt.... therfore gave her everything she asked for and she raped me basically and I had no clue there was even a hearing

Rafee'a S. Majeed
Rafee'a S. Majeed answered on Feb 8, 2022

Depending on when the hearing was held, you may have a couple of options for getting back to court. In either of these situations, you should seek a family law attorney to assist you as they will know how to navigate through either of these options.

The court has basically issued a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on
Q: Do I have to answer my exs texts and calls when he asks about our baby without a court order

Do I have to let him come around and see her without a court order if he’s emotionally and verbally abusive? Or answer his texts or calls when he asks how she’s doing?

Rafee'a S. Majeed
Rafee'a S. Majeed answered on Feb 4, 2022

Absent a court order, both parents have an equal right to possession of or access to their child. The family law Judges would hope that both parents are able to effectively communicate and co-parent in the raising of their children. If you have substantial proof or evidence of emotional or verbal... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support, Family Law, Appeals / Appellate Law and Child Custody for Texas on
Q: Can a mother leave texas during a open custody agreement

during a child support agreement in texas the mother had moved out state and I was never informed

Leslie Ann Werner
Leslie Ann Werner answered on Jan 30, 2022

The final decree should contain language that requires the mother to notify you of any change of address. Notifications of address and phone number changes are typically standard in temporary orders as well. If the mother has moved, she may be in violation of a court order. You should let your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on
Q: Can I be ordered to relocate for my baby?

My ex lived in dallas at the time of pregnancy , got an apartment in houston (Where i live) around the due date , Baby was born in dallas. Moved to houston for 8 months until issues arised in our relationship causing us to split. She then moved back to dallas 4 hours away . And although she has... Read more »

Rafee'a S. Majeed
Rafee'a S. Majeed answered on Jan 28, 2022

You cannot and will not be ordered to move to Dallas if you decide to put yourself on child support. representation. A visitation schedule can be established with you still living in Houston.

However, know that if you go through the Attorney General's Office (commonly known as the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support, Divorce, Family Law and Immigration Law for Texas on
Q: Hi. I’m a lawful permanent resident. I’m in Texas and currently needing advise with regards to divorce/child support.

I’m a lawful perm resident. I came along with my two minor kids to usa on a k1/k2 visa. My husband signed both ai-134 and I 864.We also had a child during our marriage who is now 3.He moved out after we experienced ongoing issues regarding abuse towards myself and my children.We have been... Read more »

Kevin L Dixler
Kevin L Dixler answered on Jan 12, 2022

More information is needed, perhaps, but this is likely more of a divorce question than immigration. You are a lawful permanent resident, not a conditional resident, correct? You should file for citizenship by naturalization, since you seem to have been a lawful permanent resident/conditional... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Texas on
Q: I got a divorce in Massachusetts, I did not ask for child support at the time. Can I ask now?

I now live in Texas, and I’m Active duty Coast Guard. My daughter is 6 years old. I have her for school year and the father gets her for holiday days summer. He does not pay child support at this time. And he refuses to help pay for day care. Occasionally he sends money for clothing.

Rafee'a S. Majeed
Rafee'a S. Majeed answered on Jan 10, 2022

Yes, you can. You could file a suit to modify your current court order and request child support. You should first register your current court order in the county where the child resides.

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